About us

We train and deploy medical teams and specialists to save lives when epidemics, conflict and natural disasters hit. As disasters grow more frequent, severe and complex there has never been a greater need to respond quickly and effectively. We believe in a world prepared to help.

It started in 1988 with a team of eight Manchester clinicians led by our founder Tony Redmond, when a huge earthquake ripped through Armenia. Teams continued to deploy throughout the 1990’s and 2000s, and when Ebola struck West Africa in 2014 UK-Med stepped up. We recruited and trained the one hundred and fifty UK clinicians who worked alongside local medical teams, other NGOs and DfID to bring the outbreak under control.

There has never been a greater need to respond quickly and effectively. Each year one hundred and thirty seven million people worldwide are caught up in humanitarian crises – causing huge suffering. We believe in a world prepared to help. Using our deployment experience, commitment to clinical excellence and unparalleled access to UK medical expertise we strive to make that a reality.

Our work would not be possible without our members – a community of UK-based clinicians and experts committed to humanitarian response. Our UK training allows our members to adapt their skills to a disaster zone. Harnessing their skills we train local, regional and international medical teams across the world and our training – both in the UK and overseas – is regarded as world-class. We are core partners in the UK Emergency Medical Team, funded by UK Aid from the British people, ready to deploy in hours to disasters anywhere in the world. Where there are gaps in global expertise we can deploy specialists. We work with academics and other leading NGOs to constantly improve technical standards across the sector, ensuring people caught in disasters receive the best possible care.

We believe in a world prepared to help when disasters hit. We’re ready. Join us.